Posted: December 18, 2006 By James Laube
Zinfanatics, and even those who aren't, would do well to try a pair of Zins from Haywood. The label dropped off the radar of most wine lovers as production decreased due to financial problems, but Haywood's Zinfandels have always been classy, distinctive, balanced and reasonably priced.
Posted: December 17, 2006 By James Suckling
Insane is the only word I can use to describe it. I was invited to a blind tasting dinner at the restaurant Caprice to celebrate the 30th birthday of Paulo Pong, a Hong Kong wine merchant, and I really didn’t expect to have to try to “find” the wines I tasted during the outrageous dinner.
Posted: December 15, 2006 By James Laube
Navarro is one of those can't-miss wineries that somehow manages to routinely produce a wide range of elegant, balanced and diverse wines. It's long been one of my favorites, in part because of its location—western Anderson Valley.
Posted: December 15, 2006 By Marvin R. Shanken
Earlier this week, I posted a blog reminiscing about some newsmakers from 1979. I hope some of them triggered memories for you, as they did for me. In some ways, 1979 was a long time ago—a lot has happened in the world of wine since then.
Posted: December 15, 2006 By Claudine Pépin
Since this is Wine Spectator , I thought it only fair that I write least once about wine. When I was growing up, wine was consumed like food—always a part of dinner. Friends of the family would occasionally bring exceptional bottles, over which there would be so much excitement that a part of the meal might be changed or added to at the last minute to more perfectly complement the wine.
Posted: December 15, 2006 By James Molesworth
In the last month or so, I've sent a few cases of wine off to auction. If you had asked me a few years ago if I would ever sell these off— Harlan , Kistler , Dalla Valle —I would've said "never," having collected them and drunk them over nearly a decade's worth of vintages.
Posted: December 15, 2006 By James Suckling
Just got back from lunch with Henry Tang and friends. He wanted to make a great impression on Frédéric Engerer, the president of Château Latour , who is here for Paulo Pong’s birthday celebrations.
Posted: December 14, 2006 By James Laube
I've long been a fan of Hanzell. What's not to like? This Sonoma Valley winery has a rich history filled with many brilliant wines, thanks in large part to winemaker Bob Sessions , who's now retired. On several occasions, Sessions and I tasted complete verticals of the winery's Chardonnay and its Pinot Noir, and for the most part, all of the wines dating to the 1960s aged extremely well.
Posted: December 14, 2006 By James Suckling
What is it about drinking great Burgundy? When it is right, it is so right. It takes your breath away. It’s sensual pleasure in a bottle. OK. I will say it. It’s almost like great sex. I had a 100-point red Burgundy last night with Henry Tang and a dozen or so others here in Hong Kong during dinner.
Posted: December 13, 2006 By James Laube
Fans of Shafer Vineyards Cabernet should be excited about a new wine that takes this venerable winery back to its Cabernet roots. Early next year, Shafer will release a new Cabernet called One Point Five, which carries the Stags Leap District appellation.
Posted: December 13, 2006 By James Molesworth
I sat down with Nicolás Catena last week to talk about the latest things happening in Argentina and at his own Bodega Catena Zapata winery. Catena, the industry leader for Argentina, is professorial in demeanor (not surprising, since he is also an economics professor).
Posted: December 13, 2006 By James Suckling
I just arrived in Hong Kong. I am visiting before Christmas for what should be a major blowout in rare and fine wines. Among the events I have planned with friends are those from wine merchant and mega-collector Paulo Pong.
Posted: December 12, 2006 By Bruce Sanderson
On the surface, the classification of vineyards in Germany is a good idea. Based on the Burgundian model, the German system designates top sites that historically have been the source of great wines, calling them “first-growths.
Posted: December 12, 2006 By Harvey Steiman
You taste a wine. You love it. You buy a few more bottles, pop one open a few weeks later, and... where has the magic gone? Or, conversely, you taste a wine. You're not impressed. A friend serves it a few weeks later, and.
Posted: December 12, 2006 By James Laube
New exciting wines continue to come from Santa Barbara County, and Mikael Sigouin's (pronounced See-gway ) new label, Kaena (pronounced Ca-en-ah ), is showing off what should be one of California's new wine success stories—Grenache.
Posted: December 12, 2006 By Claudine Pépin
Lots of people have asked me what it was like to do the shows with "the Dad." Well, I would tell them, it was like being at home, but someone else does the dishes, and I get in trouble in front of a few million people instead of just my mom.
Posted: December 11, 2006 By Marvin R. Shanken
Coca-Cola buys Monterey Vineyard Bottle of Wine Sells for $28,000 President serves California wines to the Chinese Premier And the foremost consulting enologist in Bordeaux says, “Winemaking is the work of an artist.
Posted: December 11, 2006 By James Laube
He might be a hero to fans of Two-Buck Chuck, but there's a reason Fred Franzia has a bad boy reputation in wine circles—he knows how to stir things up. For years, Napa Valley vintners battled the feisty owner of Bronco Wine Co.
Posted: December 11, 2006 By James Molesworth
I've created a monster. A monster palate, that is. The problem is, it's not mine—it's my wife's. When we first met, she was a wine lover—but not a discriminating one. Her wine fridge was full of mostly cookie-cutter California Chardonnay.
Posted: December 8, 2006 By Harvey Steiman
It's a question that dogs all of us who review and rate wines for a living. Are the wines we taste the same ones you can buy? After all, how easy would it be for an unscrupulous winery to keep a small lot of extra-specially good stuff to bottle up and submit to reviewers and wine competitions? Plenty easy, as a recent scandal in New Zealand proves.
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